STEM: Know Before You Go

Parking and Directions

Please arrive at the northwest entrance of the Medical Education and Research Facility. There is a bus stop just outside these doors where the bus can drop off the students. If you are bringing a smaller vehicle, you can park across the street in the Newton Road Parking ramp. Please note this is a parking ramp with an hourly fee. We can not validate parking or provide parking passes.

We provide convenient parking for visitors for an hourly fee across the street from our medical campus in the Newton Road Parking Ramp. Paid when you leave, the hourly rate is $.90 for the first hour and $1.20 for each additional hour to a daily maximum of $18. A lost ticket cost is $18. Ramp parking can be paid by cash, check, credit or debit card. Do not park in the meters across the street from the Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF) as those meters do not allow you to park for several hours and you will be ticketed. We can't reimburse you or pay for any tickets that you may receive while parking at the meters.

Bus Parking

If you will be driving either a school or a charter bus, you may only park at the Hancher Auditorium parking lot. Bus parking is limited due to the ongoing campus building and renovation projects. If you are unable to find adequate parking in the Hancher lot, please park in the Upper City Park Circle located off Park Road. Drivers of school or chartered buses must stay with the bus at all times.

Hancher Auditorium Parking Lot

Directions to Hancher Auditorium parking lot from Health Science Campus: Take Newton Road east to S. Riverside Drive. Turn north (left) on to S. Riverside. Get in to the right hand lane and follow S. Riverside Drive as it veers to the right. Hancher Parking Lot will be on your right.

Late Arrivals

If your group or individuals in your group are more than 15 minutes late to arrive, they will likely miss the first experience and it will be extremely difficult to connect the late students with the group since the group visits various locations. UI Health Care does not have additional staff resources available to help latecomers, so it is imperative that the group leaders and group members plan ahead before their visit. Please allow an extra 15 minutes to arrive on campus, park, and find the meeting location.

Appropriate Clothing

Please advise the students to wear appropriate clothing for a health care and academic setting. Please do not wear short shorts, hats or clothing that shows the mid-riff area. No ripped or torn jeans. We do encourage students to wear comfortable shoes as they will do some walking through our academic medical center.

If possible, please leave bulky coats and bags at home or in the bus during the visit. We do not have a place to store these items during the tour, so students will have to carry them around campus if they chose to bring them.

Consent Forms

Please don't forget that consent forms are required and must be completed upon arrival on the health sciences campus by all who wish to participate in our educational experiences.